But, time and time again after years of observation during this time, things go a little haywire. Astrologically speaking, those born with Mercury retrograde in their natal chart, for example, may not notice the effects mentioned here.
All in all, a little pre-planning never hurts, especially when we are dealing with aspects of our lives that include communication, travel and technology.
Mercury rules how we perceive and interpret information, how we relay or communicate that information to others. Mercury rules actions such as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth.
We have choice in how we react to situations in our life. We can react or we can step back, plan ahead and really utilize this time to reflect, re-align, re-new and re-access.
Mercury goes retrograde, or happens four times a year and it's about to station. Prepare and enjoy the ride!
In the world of technology, social media and constant communication, there's also a lot of "spiritual by-pass" I've witnessed during this time (as in making excuses, disassociating, etc.). Granted... some things happen out of our control, yes. We are human and make mistakes, yes. And...
At the same time, if you give yourself some time to pre-plan and be mindful then you can set yourself up for success the best way possible! It's also a great reminder that we can only manage and control so much that happens in our daily lives.
Suggestions when Mercury is in Retrograde:
- wrap up current negotiations
- avoid beginning new projects
- avoid traveling a lot (or atleast give yourself extra time to get from here to there // check flight status in advance, have something you can work on during layovers, etc.)
- don't buy electronics, cars, etc.
I hear a lot about what NOT to do or what we should AVOID during this time.
I also see the positive aspects that you can do as well:
- finish old projects that you started
- catch up with family + friends
- writing / drawing / painting / creative expression
- yoga / meditation / be in nature
- reviewing past work
Since Mercury Retrograde happens 3-4 times a year, you can see it as a "quarterly review" essentially, to review what you have done in the past and perhaps finish what you once started.
Mercury Retrograde Schedule:
May 23 Mercury enters shadow zone at 24º 23’ Gemini
May 29 Mercury enters Cancer
June 7 Mercury stations retrograde at 3º 10’ Cancer // Mercury Square Moon
June 17 Mercury Rx enters Gemini
June 19 Midpoint of retrograde period // Mercury Rx conjunct Sun.
July 1 Mercury Stations direct at 24º 23’ Gemini
July 13 Mercury re-enters Cancer
July 16 Mercury leaves shadow zone at 3º 10’ Cancer
Not everyone feels or connects with this time, but for others, they do. The intent here is to offer some simple pointers/reminders of when this happens throughout the year. Enjoy, take a break from your everyday, routine cycle. Learn from your experiences... and carry on!
Remaining Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2014 // SAVE THE DATE // Plan Ahead
- October 4–25